Texas MMA fans expecting to witness the rematch between former UFC fighters James Irvin and Houston Alexander on March 11 are going to have to wait a little longer. The fight was supposed to be the co-headlining bout for Shark Fights on their HDNet debut, but that is no longer the case. The fight has fallen through due to a failed steroid test by Irvin in California. Irvin was flagged following his December 2 loss to Jorge Oliveira at Tachi Palace Fights 7. Irvin tested positive for epitrenbolone, also known as trenbolone metabolite. Epitrenbolone is a steroid typically used on livestock to increase appetite and muscle growth. Irvin will be fined and suspended for a year, but will have the opportunity to appeal the result if he feels it to be in error. Alexander will not remain on the card, however, as he suffered an injury in training. Wow, what a huge loss for the card. The first one ended in 8 seconds when Irvin superman punched Alexander out. I’m sure Shark Fights was hoping for another violent ending when they booked this. Too bad it’s not going to happen. Steroids, Irvin? Come on man.
Former WWE star Dave Bautista may finally make his MMA debut this May. However, MMAWeekly.com is reporting that it may not be coming in the United States. The report states that Bautista is weighing offers from several promotions, including Strikeforce, who had been in contact with him throughout much of 2010, but that UK based BAMMA is in the lead to land his services for their card at Wembley Arena in May. Well, it’s about time. Bautista is 42 years old with no combat background, but he is a beast and began training MMA with Cesar Gracie’s gym in California last year. There was a lot of talk about trying to set him up against fellow WWE alum Bobby Lashley, but nothing ever came from that. Doubt he’ll make a splash, but I guess we’ll see.
UFC President Dana White was so impressed with the Sanchez/Kampmann fight that he rewarded them both with an extra bonus of $100,000, added to their already $60,000 for the “Fight of the Night.” Wow, that’s awesome. He already bumped it from $40,000 to $60,000 just because it was great. Another $100,000? Don’t say Dana never takes care of fighters who fight.
The blockbuster heavyweight #1 contender bout between former champion Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos is officially coming to Vancouver in June for UFC 131. This is going to be a huge fight for both of them. I can’t wait for this season of TUF and I can’t wait to see the outcome of this fight.
According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, the UFC is targeting a venue in the Midwest or East Coast for their next Versus event, which will come on Sunday, June 26. So far I’ve liked every UFC on Versus card. But June 26? That’s going to be a hectic month with the TUF Finale and UFC 131.